Photograph by Michael Yamashita
A potent symbol of Japans past military prowess, the naval ensign, or war flag, rises again in Toyko Bay. The flag, also used by the army during World War II, stopped flying upon the nations surrender to Allied Forces in 1945. Japans constitution, adopted two years later, prohibits acts of military aggression. But the flag was readopted in 1954 and its use was resumed by the military, now called the Japanese Self-Defense Forces. Once a bitter foe but now an ally, the United States presses Japan to play a more active role in a new global theater of warthis one against terrorism.